A Play By
ABOUT THE PROJECT:
The play has had a couple workshops and Delaney is eager to dive back in, working to see what's there and how we can make the journey even more compelling. It grew directly from the housing crisis which started in 2007 and continues to this day. The core issue is the breakdown of community, and what it does to the survivors--what do we owe each other as neighbors, and can we truly function as people when those around us are losing everything? "I feel like this is the key question for us in 2020, with the country fragmenting all around us," Delaney explains.
Garrett and Tory are neighbors to Rob and Paige, who lost their jobs and home six months ago, and vanished.
But today they're back, squatting with their newborn baby in their former home, craving reconnection with their former best friends. Everything has changed, but there are still deep bonds between the two couples, full of tension and jealousy and humor.
As Garrett and Tory struggle to understand what's happening, their entire universe fractures: their marriage, their ideals, their sense of right and wrong.
And when a realtor shows up with a buyer for Rob and Paige's home--and they still refuse to leave--everything threatens to explode.
From early in the play: Rob and Paige are back with their baby after six months being homeless. Tory and Paige, alone in the backyard:
What was it like? Living like that?
Like being dead. And pregnant.
You didn’t deliver at Walmart.
God no. At Target.
Well, almost. We were looking at car seats, and suddenly I broke, and six employees are rushing us to the clinic. They didn’t even know us. They just knew we were homeless.
Where did you deliver?
County Medical Women’s Facility.
I’ve never heard of it.
That’s because you have health insurance.